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US: Google’s lobbying budget nearly doubled during antitrust investigations

 |  January 25, 2013

Reports are emerging that Google nearly doubled its lobbying budget to $16.48 million in 2012 in the midst of its antitrust case with the US Federal Trade Commission, as well as an ongoing case in the EU. Google reportedly spent just $9.68 million on lobbying the previous year. According to Google, the money was spent on influencing policy makers in efforts to “preserve Internet freedom” during discussions over an international telecommunications treaty in 2012. Immigration, education, cloud computing and taxes were reportedly other issues lobbied by the search giant.


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